Saturday, 15 December 2018

Diva catfights are revealed

A NEW season of lectures given by the up-and-coming stars fo the opera world begins at the end of January.

Opera Prelude’s spring programme starts on Thursday, January 30 with mezzo-soptrano Adriana Festeu talking on The Three Queens: Anna Bolena, Maria Stuarda and Roberto Devereux (Elisabetta) from the pen of Donizetti. In the past few years the three operas have experienced a surge in popularity and have been successfully staged throughout the world. The title roles are fascinating from a vocal point of view as they are intrinsically linked to the strong characters portrayed.

On Friday, February 14 baritone Ricardo Panela will give a talk entitled Trouble at the Opera!, focusing on the impact of censorship on the development of opera.

The lecture will explore the opera’s ability through the ages to convey powerful political propaganda or unsettle the accepted status quo of the time. There will also be lighthearted insights into some behind-the-scenes events — including prima donna catfights.

On Thursday, March 6 soprano Callie Swarbrick will lecture on The Devil is in the Detail, exploring operas based on Goethe’s play Faust. The talk will concentrate on three compositions in particular by Gounod, Berlioz and Busoni.

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